ERIC Number: EJ948072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Universal Prevention of Anxiety and Depression in a Recreational Camp Setting: An Initial Open Trial
Ehrenreich-May, Jill; Bilek, Emily L.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v40 n6 p435-455 Dec 2011
Anxiety and depressive disorders may pose a long-term, deleterious impact on youth, prompting a need for early and effective prevention of such concerns. A growing body of research has examined universal prevention programs targeting these emotional disorders in childhood. While most universal prevention programs are offered within the school setting, there is also a rationale for developing and investigating prevention programs within novel settings, including a recreational context. This initial investigation utilized the "Emotion Detectives Prevention Program" (EDPP), a universal prevention protocol focusing on anxiety and depression symptoms within a recreational summer camp. The aims of this pilot study were to assess the EDPP's feasibility and participant satisfaction following its initial administration in a camp setting. Forty children (ages 7-10 years, 70.7% male) were recruited from an existent recreational sports camp and participated in a non-randomized, open trial of the EDPP. The EDPP, a 15-session program, presents cognitive-behavioral strategies in a manner that emphasizes strategy applicability across a range of emotional experiences. Participating children reported a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms at post-prevention. No significant change in depression symptoms or other emotion regulation indices were reported. Moderate to high participant satisfaction was indicated. The EDPP appears to be a feasible program for the prevention of child-reported anxiety symptoms in a camp setting. Given the novelty of the prevention context, issues inherent in the conduct of research in a recreational camp setting and future directions for research in this setting are discussed.
Descriptors: Participant Satisfaction, Prevention, Emotional Disturbances, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Resident Camp Programs, Emotional Response, Summer Programs, Program Effectiveness, Children, Athletics, Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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